IFA 2015: Lenovo PHAB Plus might be huge but it fits me like a glove


lenovo phab plus ifa 2015

There is no sugar-coating the fact that the Lenovo PHAB Plus is one of the latest phones on the market, but despite it’s size I could see a happy future with it.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been splitting my time between the LeTV Max, Meizu MX5 and OnePlus 2. Well actually to be honest its the Meizu and OnePlus that get most of the use as I’ve come to the opinion the Le Max is just too big (plus its a little buggy and the camera isn’t great).

With this in mind I didn’t think I would appreciate the 6.8-inch Lenovo PHAB Plus. This is a phablet that is so big that Lenovo had to add ‘Plus’ to its name just to indicate how huge it is! But in the hand it feels quite manageable. Between the Lenovo and LeTV the former has the less impressive hardware, but it also has the better weight distribution. I feel I could happily wield in one hand.

lenovo phab plus ifa 2015

I can see the Lenovo PHAB Plus making a great travel companion. That huge screen would look great on the dashboard of my car as Google Maps prevents me from driving off a cliff. The kids could use it for games and movies and the promise of a 24 hour battery life makes it the perfect device for using while away from a power outlet.

lenovo phab plus ifa 2015

A few things do worry me though. Although it is claimed that the PHAB Plus can give you 24 hours of use, I am a little wary of this. The 6.8-incher has a battery of just 3500mAh, that’s only slightly larger than some 5.5-inch phones. Another concern I have is the Snapdragon 615 chipset, I hate this processor with a passion. It is the single reason why I don’t use the Xiamoi Mi4i and part of the reason my Vivo X5 Pro is sitting at the bottom of a draw (or lake, I don’t remember which).

The rest of the hardware reads like any other mid-range phone. The surprisingly lightweight unibody comes in gold, silver or black (grey), the massive screen is a 1920 x 1080 panel, rear camera 13 mega-pixel, front 5 mega-pixel and Android 5.1 comes as standard.

Lenovo reps told me that they plan to launch the Lenovo PHAB Plus in Europe for around 299 Euros. I’d wait to see how the Snapdragon 615 handles the big screen before going out to buy one though.

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58 Comments

  1. Yeti hand
    September 4, 2015

    leave this POS on the side Andi!! The mediapad x2 is the way to go

  2. Rob
    September 4, 2015

    I was looking at getting the letv max but it sounds like it’s not worth it. Very disappointed to hear that. The Lenovo on the other bend looks nice but with that processor, no thank you.

    • September 4, 2015

      I wouldn’t but the LeMax, its a bit of a let down really

      • Rob
        September 4, 2015

        Thanks Andi, I’m still surprised as I’ve been in lots of forums and no one has had a bad word to say about the max. Looks like I’m without a phone for at least another month now 🙁

        • iKosh
          September 4, 2015

          What happened to your lenovo? Did you send i back?

          • Rob
            September 4, 2015

            Yes I did. The 3g wouldn’t work on my new sim card, 2g worked occasionally and the media player kept going off so sent the thing back before I smashed it! The phone itself was great but the camera want up to much in my opinion.

      • pa5t1s
        September 5, 2015

        Too many missing features for France… I’m really deceived and sad 🙁

  3. Dis
    September 4, 2015

    Is the 615 that bad? Or you mean just because you personally have better phones?

    • September 4, 2015

      The processor is bad in the phones I have. I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and the Vivo X5Pro and they both use the 615 and it is junk. The LeTV Le 1 with Mediatek is better, in fact any MT6752 phone is better than a SD615

      • Yeti hand
        September 4, 2015

        thanks andi I was going to say that! Anyway for 300 euros they could have gone with the X10 or something like that with 3gb ram and a way bigger battery…
        This is a joke seriously

      • Dis
        September 4, 2015

        Thanks. So I will avoid it. Shame the 620 doesn’t use custom cores like the 820.

  4. Ali Hejazi
    September 4, 2015

    Well , Huawei p8 has the same 6.8 inch display plus it’s more compact , has bigger battery , better camera , better cpu …but of course double the price

    • Yeti hand
      September 4, 2015

      … Mediapad x2??

      • Ali Hejazi
        September 4, 2015

        If you wanna go bigger , then yeah , go for the x2
        By the way , I’m a mediapad x1 owner

        • Yeti hand
          September 4, 2015

          what’s the difference between 7″ and 6.8″ lol

          • Ali Hejazi
            September 4, 2015

            Well, the x2 is
            8 mm taller
            10 mm wider
            4 mm thicker

            And trust me , in real life these figures make a difference

            • Yeti hand
              September 4, 2015

              Ok but I have Yeti’s hand hence my name so I don’t mind those smalls differences XD XD. Also the mediapad is head and shoulder above this seriously it’s not even funny. Between 8mm here, 10mm 4mm there and a1 extra gig of ram, a way bigger battery, a way better processor I don’t know who would hesitate do you??

            • Ali Hejazi
              September 4, 2015

              Guess I agree 🙂

  5. Marco Lancaster
    September 4, 2015

    Man, Qualcomm may be offering a free Snapdragon 615 for every courageous brand that buy Snapdragon 810…

    • intruda
      September 4, 2015

      Same thing I was thinking before I read your post

    • Muhammad Yasir
      September 5, 2015

      good one!

  6. Yeti hand
    September 4, 2015

    leave this POS on the side Andi!! The mediapad x2 is the way to go

    • Andi Sykes
      September 4, 2015

      :p

  7. Rob
    September 4, 2015

    I was looking at getting the letv max but it sounds like it’s not worth it. Very disappointed to hear that. The Lenovo on the other bend looks nice but with that processor, no thank you.

    • Andi Sykes
      September 4, 2015

      I wouldn’t but the LeMax, its a bit of a let down really

    • Rob
      September 4, 2015

      Thanks Andi, I’m still surprised as I’ve been in lots of forums and no one has had a bad word to say about the max. Looks like I’m without a phone for at least another month now 🙁

    • iKosh
      September 4, 2015

      What happened to your lenovo? Did you send i back?

    • Rob
      September 4, 2015

      Yes I did. The 3g wouldn’t work on my new sim card, 2g worked occasionally and the media player kept going off so sent the thing back before I smashed it! The phone itself was great but the camera want up to much in my opinion.

    • Rob
      September 4, 2015

      Yes I did. The 3g wouldn’t work on my new sim card, 2g worked occasionally and the media player kept going off so sent the thing back before I smashed it! The phone itself was great but the camera want up to much in my opinion.

    • pa5t1s
      September 5, 2015

      Too many missing features for France… I’m really deceived and sad 🙁

    • pa5t1s
      September 5, 2015

      Too many missing features for France… I’m really deceived and sad 🙁

  8. Dante
    September 4, 2015

    Everybooty luves zhe “Xiamoi Mi4i ” lol typo in the article

  9. Dis
    September 4, 2015

    Is the 615 that bad? Or you mean just because you personally have better phones?

    • Andi Sykes
      September 4, 2015

      The processor is bad in the phones I have. I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and the Vivo X5Pro and they both use the 615 and it is junk. The LeTV Le 1 with Mediatek is better, in fact any MT6752 phone is better than a SD615

    • Yeti hand
      September 4, 2015

      thanks andi I was going to say that! Anyway for 300 euros they could have gone with the X10 or something like that with 3gb ram and a way bigger battery…
      This is a joke seriously

    • Dis
      September 4, 2015

      Thanks. So I will avoid it. Shame the 620 doesn’t use custom cores like the 820.

  10. Ali Hejazi
    September 4, 2015

    Well , Huawei p8 has the same 6.8 inch display plus it’s more compact , has bigger battery , better camera , better cpu …but of course double the price

    • Yeti hand
      September 4, 2015

      … Mediapad x2??

    • Ali Hejazi
      September 4, 2015

      If you wanna go bigger , then yeah , go for the x2
      By the way , I’m a mediapad x1 owner

    • Yeti hand
      September 4, 2015

      what’s the difference between 7″ and 6.8″ lol

    • Ali Hejazi
      September 4, 2015

      Well, the x2 is
      8 mm taller
      10 mm wider
      4 mm thicker

      And trust me , in real life these figures make a difference

    • Yeti hand
      September 4, 2015

      Ok but I have Yeti’s hand hence my name so I don’t mind those smalls differences XD XD. Also the mediapad is head and shoulder above this seriously it’s not even funny. Between 8mm here, 10mm 4mm there and a1 extra gig of ram, a way bigger battery, a way better processor I don’t know who would hesitate do you??

    • Ali Hejazi
      September 4, 2015

      Guess I agree 🙂

  11. Andi Sykes
    September 4, 2015

    I wouldn’t but the LeMax, its a bit of a let down really

  12. Andi Sykes
    September 4, 2015

    I wouldn’t but the LeMax, its a bit of a let down really

  13. A.R. Kolleman
    September 4, 2015

    Wow 6.8… It’s just to much… I already struggle with a 5.5 in my pocket. I really hope they just stop the madness and make decent 5.0’s and 5.5’s.

  14. Marco Lancaster
    September 4, 2015

    Man, Qualcomm may be offering a free Snapdragon 615 for every courageous brand that buy Snapdragon 810…

    • intruda
      September 4, 2015

      Same thing I was thinking before I read your post

    • Guest
      September 5, 2015

      good one!

  15. Dante
    September 4, 2015

    Everybooty luves zhe “Xiamoi Mi4i ” lol typo in the article

  16. A.R. Kolleman
    September 4, 2015

    Wow 6.8… It’s just to much… I already struggle with a 5.5 in my pocket. I really hope they just stop the madness and make decent 5.0’s and 5.5’s.

  17. Muhammad Yasir
    September 5, 2015

    too expensive !

    i would love a 64 bit phone with FHD at 7 inches (for games mostly!)
    but this has crazy price written all over !

  18. Guest
    September 5, 2015

    too expensive !

    i would love a 64 bit phone with FHD at 7 inches (for games mostly!)
    but this has crazy price written all over !

  19. pa5t1s
    September 5, 2015

    Woot! Oversized! but, hey, looks fine anyway 🙂 nice toy to have, indeed :p

  20. pa5t1s
    September 5, 2015

    Woot! Oversized! but, hey, looks fine anyway 🙂 nice toy to have, indeed :p

  21. izone73
    September 21, 2015

    Looking for a replacement to my Hike 868 Z1 whose sealed battery gave up. What’s your advice on an = or 6+ incher? Meanwhile, I could dispose off your Vivo X5 Pro if you sent it my way!

  22. izone73
    September 21, 2015

    Looking for a replacement to my Hike 868 Z1 whose sealed battery gave up. What’s your advice on an = or 6+ incher? Meanwhile, I could dispose off your Vivo X5 Pro if you sent it my way!